James Anderson (cricketer)

James Michael Anderson OBE (born 30 July 1982) is an English international cricketer who plays for Lancashire County Cricket Club and the England cricket team. Among fast bowlers, Anderson is the leading wicket-taker of all-time at Test cricket level, as the only fast bowler to have taken 600 or more Test wickets, and is the third-highest wicket-taker overall.[2] He also holds the record for the most wickets taken by an England player in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. In June 2021 he made his 162nd appearance for England in Test cricket, becoming England's most capped player.[3] He is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket.[4][5]

James Anderson
Anderson in 2014
Personal information
Full nameJames Michael Anderson
Born (1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 39)
Burnley, Lancashire, England
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 613)22 May 2003 v Zimbabwe
Last Test2 September 2021 v India
ODI debut (cap 172)15 December 2002 v Australia
Last ODI13 March 2015 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no.9
T20I debut (cap 21)9 January 2007 v Australia
Last T20I15 November 2009 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2000Lancashire Cricket Board
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 166 194 267 261
Runs scored 1,249 273 1,903 376
Batting average 9.32 7.58 9.46 8.95
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 81 28 81 28
Balls bowled 35,772 9,584 53,174 12,730
Wickets 632 269 1,018 358
Bowling average 26.62 29.22 24.70 28.57
5 wickets in innings 31 2 52 2
10 wickets in match 3 n/a 6 n/a
Best bowling 7/42 5/23 7/19 5/23
Catches/stumpings 99/– 53/– 153/– 68/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 September 2021

A right-arm fast swing bowler, Anderson made his international debut at the end of 2002 during England's winter tour of Australia, then played his first Test match against Zimbabwe when the team toured England the following summer. Subsequently, he has played for his country in more than 160 Test matches, becoming the most capped player for England in Test cricket.[6] He has also played nearly 200 One Day Internationals.[7] His early career was held back by injuries, including a stress fracture of the back which kept him out of action for most of the 2006 season, but thereafter he established himself as the key opening bowler in the England Test team. He was a regular strike bowler with the national one-day side, but has not participated in the shorter format of the game at international level since the 2015 World Cup.

Anderson was the first English bowler to reach 400, 500 and 600 wickets in Test matches. As of January 2021 he is ranked 6th in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings,[8] having previously reached the top position at various times between 2016 and 2018. In July 2021, in the 2021 County Championship, Anderson took his 1,000th first-class wicket.[9]